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2016–2017 production funding approvals

March 2017

LADIES IN BLACK
Ladies In Black Film Pty Ltd
Producers Allanah Zitserman, Sue Milliken 
Executive Producers Bruno Charlesworth, Morris Ruskin, Ronald Zammit, Julie Zammit  
Director Bruce Beresford
Writers Bruce Beresford, Sue Milliken 
Australian Distribution Sony Pictures Releasing
International Sales Agent Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group
Synopsis Adapted from the bestselling novel by Madeleine St John, “Ladies in Black” is an alluring and tender-hearted comedy drama about the lives of a group of department store employees in 1959 Sydney.

November 2016

ANDORRA
Jump Street Films
Executive Producers
Natalie Miller, James Ivory, Hengameh Panahi 
Producers Jamie Bialkower, Lizzette Atkins, Fred Schepisi
Director Fred Schepisi
Writers Peter Cameron, Jamie Bialkower
Australian Distributor Becker Film Group
International Sales Celluloid Dreams
Synopsis A decadent romantic thriller set against a dreamscape where nothing is as it appears.
Production funding for this feature film was revoked in March 2017.

THE BBQ
Revolution Partners Pty Ltd

Producers Lynne Wilson, Tait Brady, Stephen Amis
Director Stephen Amis
Writers Stephen Amis, David Richardson, Angelo Salamanca, Serge de Nardo
Australian Distributor Label Distribution
International Sales Guardian Entertainment International
Synopsis Darren ‘Dazza’ Cook is a loveable suburban everyman with an unshakeable belief in his family connection to Captain James Cook. ‘Dazza’ harbours a passion for barbequing, but when he accidentally poisons his neighbours at his popular regular Saturday BBQ, Dazza’s reputation and dignity is on the line. To make amends he seeks tutelage from a notorious Scottish chef known simply as ‘The Butcher’.    

JIRGA
Felix Media
Executive Producers
Bridget Ikin, David Gross
Producer John Maynard
Director / Writer Benjamin Gilmour
Australian Distributor Footprint Films
International Sales Maze Film
Synopsis Mike, a former Australian soldier with acute PTSD makes a choice between suicide and redemption by returning to Afghanistan to find the family of a man he killed during the war.

MR CRANKY
Pictures in Paradise
Producer
Chris Brown
Director Jonathan Teplitzky
Writer Chris Nyst
Australian Distributor Universal Pictures
International Sales Metro International
Synopsis When underworld debt collector Kevin Darcy’s deep-rooted anger issues get him embroiled in a vicious gangland war, his stripper ex-girlfriend is accidentally blown up, and he is saddled with her precocious seven-year-old daughter. Lying low on the glitzy Gold Coast, he staves off bikies, Lebanese hit men, a drug-addicted circus clown, and his New Age Laughing Circle therapist, struggling to become a better father, and a better man.

STORM BOY
Ambience Entertainment
Executive Producers
Robert Slaviero
Producers Michael Boughen, Matthew Street  
Director Shawn Seet
Writer Justin Monjo
Australian Distributor Studio Canal
International Sales Kathy Morgan International
Synopsis Living with his reclusive father on a desolate coastline a young boy's life changes forever when he adopts three orphaned Pelicans.

UNTITLED PROJECT
Announcement to come

UNTITLED PROJECT
Announcement to come

September 2016

ARKIE
Passion Pictures Australia Pty Ltd
Executive Producers
John Stevenson, Michael Favelle, Payam Shohadai, Julia Adams
Producer Sophie Byrne
Director Luke Jurevicius
Writers Polly Watkins, Matt Everitt, Les Turner
Australian Distributor Madman
International Sales Odin's Eye Entertainment
Synopsis As her world is shrouded in darkness a young girl must overcome her fears and travel to a mysterious city of light, save her father from a dangerous scientist and prevent the destruction of her planet. Based on ‘Scarygirl’ by Nathan Jurevicius.
Production funding for this feature film was revoked in March 2017.

DIRT MUSIC
Aquarius Films Pty Ltd, Wildgaze Films
Producers 
Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey, Angie Fielder
Director Gregor Jordan
Writer Jack Thorne
Australian Distributor Universal
International Sales TBC
Synopsis Georgie Jutland is an unconventional woman in a conventional town, living with her widowed partner, Jim, and his two small children. An encounter with enigmatic poacher Lu, an outsider to the community, reignites her sense of purpose and this unlikely affinity leads them both to find where they truly belong. Based on the Booker Prize shortlisted novel by Tim Winton.

WINCHESTER
Winchester Film Holdings Pty Ltd
Executive Producers 
Daniel Diamond, Benedict Carver, Tobin Armbrust
Producers Tim McGahan, Brett Tomberlin
Directors Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig
Writers Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig, Tom Vaughan
Australian Distributor Studio Canal
International Sales Diamond Pictures, Bullitt Entertainment
Synopsis Sarah Winchester, the millionaire heiress to the Winchester Arms fortune, is haunted by the souls killed at the barrel of the infamous rifle. Her obsession has led to the construction of an enormous mansion, designed to keep these evil spirits at bay.

UNTITLED PROJECT
Announcement to come

 

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